I’ve been in Saigon for two months now, and it feels like time to take stock. I was going to write about the differences between Saigon (as Ho Chi Minh City is still commonly called) and Hanoi, but it feels too early to do that just yet. I need to feel more settled here before I can make a proper comparison.
I lived in Hanoi for two and a half years and felt very comfortable there, but I always thought that I took my best pictures when I left the city. My favourite shots from that time were taken in Sapa, Bac Ha, Hoi An, Cambodia, even the outskirts of Hanoi, rather than the centre. Perhaps there’s something about familiarity with a place which makes it harder for me to take good pictures there.
These pictures of Saigon were all taken in the last couple of months. I can’t really call them first impressions, as I spent a fair amount of time here before coming here to live. So these are second impressions – some of the scenes, people and details that have caught my eye. How will my pictures of Saigon change as I become more familiar with the city? Time will tell.